Navajo Churra Sheep

 
 
Navajo Churro sheep descended from the Churro, an ancient Iberian breed. The Churra (later corrupted to "Churro" by American frontiersmen) was brought to the North America by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century as a source of food and clothing for their armies. By the 17th century Churros were popular with the Spanish settlers in the upper Rio Grande Valley. Flocks of Churros were also acquired by Native Americans through raids and trading, and soon became an important part of the Navajo economy and culture. A series of US Government sponsored flock
reductions and "improvements" (by cross breeding)decimated the Navajo flocks until the old type Churro sheep nearly disappeared. In the 1970's several individuals began acquiring Churro phenotypes with the purpose of preserving the breed and revitalizing Navajo and Hispanic flocks. The Navajo-Churro Sheep Association (N-CSA) was formed in 1986 to preserve and promote this original American Breed. The name "Navajo-Churro" was chosen to honor both their Navajo and their Spanish heritage. While more than 4,200 sheep have been registered since the N-CSA was formed, Navajo-Churro sheep are still considered a rare breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC).


Working and helping to preserve this American original gives great pleasure.
These sheep are very independent, intelligent animals with a fascinating history and a very special heritage.
They are very hardy and disease resistant.
The smaller size of this breed means they eat less food and have higher per acre stocking rates than many other commercial breeds.
Having originate in the desert, these sheep can survive and thrive on less than perfect sources of forage.
The ewes have a tendency to twin, have relatively few lambing problems and are excellent attentive Moms.
They have the perfect weaving wool which is very strong, beautiful and available in a wide variety of natural colors.
Lamb fleeces are rich in color.
They produce a lean, flavorful meat and beautiful pelts.
These sheep are also considered a dairy breed, and it would be fun to try making cheese from these wonderful animals.

  1. ?/span>Wool: We currently have several colors of Navajo Churro roving, please contact us for pricing. 

 
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